thingism: (skull)
If this were a test I'd be given a D-. But being my first time I'm not too concerned.

Final Stats:

Things completed: 62
Things in progress: 17
Things never even started: 20

Topic breakdown [complete/in progress/total]

Personal: [7/1/10]
Home: [8/0/12]
Reading: [2/2/7]
Arts and Crafts: [8/4/16]
Other Hobbies: [7/7/15]
Travel: [14/0/17]
Local: [7/0/9]
Misc.: [9/3/15]

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The next 1001 days begins tomorrow with a shiny new list. Stay tuned!
thingism: (local)
85. Attend 5 plays

Date Completed: 20 August 2011

My husband and I saw Ain't Misbehavin' performed by the Elden Street Players in Herndon, VA. We hadn't realized this theater even existed, even though it's in the same plaza as the scene shop for the group my husband has worked with numerous times in the past.

Seeing this show was a bit of a last-minute decision: we were looking for something to do on a Saturday night and I happened to pull up this handy-dandy local resource to see what was playing in the area. In the end it came down to location: we weren't really in the mood to make an excursion out to Maryland or into DC. So we went into it fairly blind: I was quite familiar with much of the music (all of which was by Fats Waller), but I didn't know anything else about it.

It turned out to be less the standard musical than a musical review: no plot and almost no dialogue, just one song after another. That said, the hilarious banter, wild choreography, and frequent costume changes kept things interesting. And it certainly didn't hurt that there was a whole lot of talent crammed on one stage. I'd recommend everybody else see it, except that we were there for closing night, so you can't. But if you like jazz and ragtime of the 1920s and '30s, try to see this one sometime. It's a whole lot of fun.
thingism: (local)
85. Attend 5 plays

Date Completed: 20 August 2011

My husband and I saw Ain't Misbehavin' performed by the Elden Street Players in Herndon, VA. We hadn't realized this theater even existed, even though it's in the same plaza as the scene shop for the group my husband has worked with numerous times in the past.

Seeing this show was a bit of a last-minute decision: we were looking for something to do on a Saturday night and I happened to pull up this handy-dandy local resource to see what was playing in the area. In the end it came down to location: we weren't really in the mood to make an excursion out to Maryland or into DC. So we went into it fairly blind: I was quite familiar with much of the music (all of which was by Fats Waller), but I didn't know anything else about it.

It turned out to be less the standard musical than a musical review: no plot and almost no dialogue, just one song after another. That said, the hilarious banter, wild choreography, and frequent costume changes kept things interesting. And it certainly didn't hurt that there was a whole lot of talent crammed on one stage. I'd recommend everybody else see it, except that we were there for closing night, so you can't. But if you like jazz and ragtime of the 1920s and '30s, try to see this one sometime. It's a whole lot of fun.
thingism: (local)
85. Attend 5 plays

Current progress: 4/5

My husband was the sound designer for the latest show from the Reston Comunity Players, Moonlight and Magnolias. I got to see it on closing weekend. I laughed quite a bit and was very impressed by the acting. And, of course, by my husband's brilliant sound design. Good times.
thingism: (local)
85. Attend 5 plays

Current progress: 4/5

My husband was the sound designer for the latest show from the Reston Comunity Players, Moonlight and Magnolias. I got to see it on closing weekend. I laughed quite a bit and was very impressed by the acting. And, of course, by my husband's brilliant sound design. Good times.
thingism: (local)
85. Attend 5 plays

Current progress: 3/5

On the day after Christmas, my husband and I went to the Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, to see A Wrinkle in Time. It was well-done, with a minimalist set, tiny cast (just 6 people, and two of them only played one character each), and lots of interesting special effects. I read the book a few years back, but decided against rereading it before seeing the play, and I'm kind of glad I did that. This way I was just taking the play at face value instead of constantly comparing it to the novel. I was particularly impressed with the lead, a woman in her twenties who convincingly played 14-year-old Meg Murry. My husband suggested we make it a tradition to see a play at Christmas every year. I agreed.
thingism: (local)
85. Attend 5 plays

Current progress: 3/5

On the day after Christmas, my husband and I went to the Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, to see A Wrinkle in Time. It was well-done, with a minimalist set, tiny cast (just 6 people, and two of them only played one character each), and lots of interesting special effects. I read the book a few years back, but decided against rereading it before seeing the play, and I'm kind of glad I did that. This way I was just taking the play at face value instead of constantly comparing it to the novel. I was particularly impressed with the lead, a woman in her twenties who convincingly played 14-year-old Meg Murry. My husband suggested we make it a tradition to see a play at Christmas every year. I agreed.
thingism: (local)
80. See a play at Shakespeare Theatre

Completed 27 November 2010

On Saturday afternoon we went into DC to see Candide. The show had two things going for it from the start: first, I read the book a while back and enjoyed it, and second, the music was by Leonard Bernstein, who also wrote Wonderful Town, which we'd recently seen and loved. This was certainly a different type of show: more operatic and less jazzy, but still very funny and very well done. The theater was cozy with pretty much no bad seats. The orchestra was flawless, and the set was an innovative combination of minimalist and exquisitely detailed (I'm not sure how else to describe it). I had some trouble understanding a few of the singers, Cunegonde especially, but all in all I had a great time. My husband enjoyed himself as well. It's too bad that seeing a play in DC requires basically an entire day (we left our house at 10am and got home at 6:30pm). Still, I can see us doing this again sometime. I'm glad I made this one of my things; who knows when I could have made the effort to go otherwise?

Also, I love intersecting things:

85. Attend 5 plays
Current progress: 2/5
thingism: (local)
80. See a play at Shakespeare Theatre

Completed 27 November 2010

On Saturday afternoon we went into DC to see Candide. The show had two things going for it from the start: first, I read the book a while back and enjoyed it, and second, the music was by Leonard Bernstein, who also wrote Wonderful Town, which we'd recently seen and loved. This was certainly a different type of show: more operatic and less jazzy, but still very funny and very well done. The theater was cozy with pretty much no bad seats. The orchestra was flawless, and the set was an innovative combination of minimalist and exquisitely detailed (I'm not sure how else to describe it). I had some trouble understanding a few of the singers, Cunegonde especially, but all in all I had a great time. My husband enjoyed himself as well. It's too bad that seeing a play in DC requires basically an entire day (we left our house at 10am and got home at 6:30pm). Still, I can see us doing this again sometime. I'm glad I made this one of my things; who knows when I could have made the effort to go otherwise?

Also, I love intersecting things:

85. Attend 5 plays
Current progress: 2/5
thingism: (local)
85. Attend 5 plays

Current progress: 1/5

We took my parents out to see Wonderful Town, a hilarious musical comedy put on by the Reston Community Players. My parents liked it so much they're going to try to get their own community theater group to perform it. I don't know how much of the rest of the season I'll see, but I'll definitely be at Moonlight & Magnolias this coming spring, as my husband is doing sound design.

thingism: (local)
85. Attend 5 plays

Current progress: 1/5

We took my parents out to see Wonderful Town, a hilarious musical comedy put on by the Reston Community Players. My parents liked it so much they're going to try to get their own community theater group to perform it. I don't know how much of the rest of the season I'll see, but I'll definitely be at Moonlight & Magnolias this coming spring, as my husband is doing sound design.

thingism: (Default)
I spend way too much time thinking about my 101/1001 list. Way more time than actually doing any of them, that's for sure. But I noticed that some of them depend on others. I have no idea if this will be interesting to anyone else, but it interests me, so I'm posting about it. :)

15. Clean out huge bin in closet
54. Scan/log pre-Markeroni snarfs
47. Reach 4000 snarfs on Markeroni

See, the huge bin in my closet contains, among (many) other things, my photo albums. This is where all my pre-Markeroni snarf photos are, so one is pretty much required for the other. And of course every snarf I log adds to the total, which helps me reach 4000.

23. Finish reading the Bible
28. Read 1 non-Christian book for BRRP

I don't like interrupting my current read in the BRRP, so one must be completed before the other can start.

44. Complete Thing-a-Day
31. Fill TAD sketchbook

The "TAD" in TAD Sketchbook stands for "thing-a-day," as that's what I used it for initially. And probably will again.

80. See a play at Shakespeare Theatre
81. See a show at the Kennedy Center
82. See a show at Wolf Trap
85. Attend 5 plays

Granted, what I see at Kennedy and Wolf Trap won't necessarily be plays, there's a good chance they will.
thingism: (Default)
I spend way too much time thinking about my 101/1001 list. Way more time than actually doing any of them, that's for sure. But I noticed that some of them depend on others. I have no idea if this will be interesting to anyone else, but it interests me, so I'm posting about it. :)

15. Clean out huge bin in closet
54. Scan/log pre-Markeroni snarfs
47. Reach 4000 snarfs on Markeroni

See, the huge bin in my closet contains, among (many) other things, my photo albums. This is where all my pre-Markeroni snarf photos are, so one is pretty much required for the other. And of course every snarf I log adds to the total, which helps me reach 4000.

23. Finish reading the Bible
28. Read 1 non-Christian book for BRRP

I don't like interrupting my current read in the BRRP, so one must be completed before the other can start.

44. Complete Thing-a-Day
31. Fill TAD sketchbook

The "TAD" in TAD Sketchbook stands for "thing-a-day," as that's what I used it for initially. And probably will again.

80. See a play at Shakespeare Theatre
81. See a show at the Kennedy Center
82. See a show at Wolf Trap
85. Attend 5 plays

Granted, what I see at Kennedy and Wolf Trap won't necessarily be plays, there's a good chance they will.

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